Behind The Butter

Write, Yoga, Cycle, Repeat


Thank you so much again for your supportive comments about the Gran Fondo! I created a page on the top of this site where you can go to make a donation…anything counts! I’m sort of nervous because I don’t have too much time to raise the money. This Spring is going to be insane. I might go out of my mind in March…just a warning.

Anyways, I had a big bowl of pumpkin egg white oatmeal this morning:


I used 1/2 c oats, 1 cup water + 2 egg whites, 1/4 c pumpkin, 1 banana, 1 T almond butter, cinnamon/nutmeg/ginger and a drizzle of agave! It was so good!
Are you in the area and looking for something fun to do this weekend? Come join us for Winter Wineland! I’ll be working at the winery Saturday and Sunday, dressed up like a winter olympian (?!) serving wine to all. Basically, you buy a ticket and then you can travel around to the 120 wineries participating in the event. It should be fun!
Sort of nervous. Just sent all 75 pages of my book to Caitlin so she could print it out and read it at the gym…what are friends for?! I’m off to crank out a few more pages then hit up Power Bootcamp class.
See you in a bit!

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  • Erin
    January 14, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Excellent progress on your book so far!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    January 14, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Girl, you are hardcore. Power writing, power yoga, power fundraising, and power cycling. My hat’s off to you, lady.

    Your oats look spot-hitting. Thanks again for the egg white tip, I’ve been adding them to mine and it adds such a nice, fluffy texture. Not to mention the addition of protein!

    Have a great day, you busy bee!

  • Kelly B.
    January 14, 2010 at 8:10 am

    You are so productive…love that! And it definitely sounds like you have a great weekend planned! Awesome!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    January 14, 2010 at 8:12 am

    That’s what friends are for!! 🙂

  • Evan Thomas
    January 14, 2010 at 8:14 am

    That’s awesome Caitlin’s reading your draft. I bet it’s great!

  • Katharine
    January 14, 2010 at 8:23 am

    75 pages?! That’s awesome! Congrats on the fabulous progress. 🙂

  • Ameena
    January 14, 2010 at 8:24 am

    How great you’ve finished 75 pages! Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    January 14, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Goodness gracious – you cranked that out so quickly!! Oats look delicious as always – have fun at class! 😀

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    January 14, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Congrats on the progress of your book– it took me a YEAR to get that far with my grad school creative writing thesis!

    Sounds like you’ve got a great routine going 🙂

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    January 14, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Ahhh you have 75 pages done! So exciting!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    January 14, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Sounds like a great wine weekend! Have a great class!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    January 14, 2010 at 8:44 am

    75 pages – sounds like you’re making great progress! That’s really nice of Caitlin to peer edit it for you. Happy Thursday : )

  • Olivia
    January 14, 2010 at 8:45 am


    Great job keeping up with the yoga challenge! Are you going to post the “results”? I’m sure those 10 Cali lbs have melted off!

    Good luck with the book!

  • Jodi
    January 14, 2010 at 8:48 am

    I love the idea of adding egg whites to your oatmeal. Maybe you have mentioned it before, but exactly how do you cook them? Do you cook the whites beforehand and then add them to the oats or cook both at the same time? I know you’ve said you hardly ever use your microwave so I’m curious how you do it. Thanks so much!

  • Whit
    January 14, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I am sure your book is awesome! 😀 Have faith in yourself, girl!

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat.
    January 14, 2010 at 8:53 am

    You are one busy lady. I feel overwhelmed just reading about your life. And a little inspired. Now off to work on blogging and cooking which is about as multi tasker as I get.

    BTW – I like the title of this post 😉

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    January 14, 2010 at 8:57 am

    look at you, girl! yay, PROGRESS!!

    Have fun at class 😉

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    January 14, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Sounds like you have a schedule and are doing well with it. Keep it up.

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    January 14, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Mmm, pumpkin egg white oatmeal sounds like all kinds of delicious (yay for protein and fiber and vitamin A!). Congrats on getting a draft of the book done for review!

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen
    January 14, 2010 at 9:06 am

    what a great breakfast! 75 pages is great…i’m sure caitlin will have great things to say too 🙂

    have fun at bootcamp!

  • Carolyn
    January 14, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Great progress on your book! It’s great to have someone to help you proofread.

  • Jil
    January 14, 2010 at 9:16 am

    75 pages! Wahoo! 🙂 The oatmeal sounds delishh.

  • Ashley
    January 14, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I must tell you that I am in love with egg white oats!!! Did you come up with this or find the idea somewhere else?? I have issues staying full so this definitely helps! Great news about the’re on a roll!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    January 14, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Good luck with the book!! It must be exciting to see the end in sight, plus the fact that you have all the words typed out. 😀

  • Chelsea
    January 14, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I was so tempted to join your team but with you being in the Sonoma area and me being in San Mateo AND the fact that I have a 15 month old, it just doesn’t work. I really want to get back on my bike though. I LOVE centuries and haven’t rode anywhere close to 100 miles since I finished the Ironman in 2007. Shame on me. 🙁

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    January 14, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Those oats look amaazing!
    Great job on the book progress:D

  • Jenna
    January 14, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Aww Caitlin is the best:)

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    January 14, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Good luck with your book, i’m sure it’s fantastic! I know I can’t wait to read it (and Caitlin’s and Tina’s)!

    And I SO wish I live there! That event sounds like so much fun.

  • Casey @ Spicy&Sweet)
    January 14, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Have fun at bootcamp Jenna!! I’m sure Caitlin (and everyone else) will LOVE the book! 🙂

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion
    January 14, 2010 at 9:53 am

    WOW I can’t believe you are done with the book already! AWESOME JOB!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    January 14, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Sounds like you’re kicking booty with the book! Can’t wait to read it when it comes out. 😀

  • Jenny
    January 14, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Wish I was out in Cali to join you!! It’s so great that you have other bloggers to help you with your writing that are going through the same thing as you — more power to ya!

  • Karla
    January 14, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Great job on the book! How long are you intending it to be?

    • jenna
      January 14, 2010 at 10:41 am


      Its going to be about 250 pages! Eek!

  • MMiller
    January 14, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Jenna you are amazing! I’m glad you had someone to preview your book so far! And I am determined to start riding my bike too!

  • katherine
    January 14, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Congrats on making such great progress on your book!

  • Laura
    January 14, 2010 at 11:08 am

    For fundraising, would your work let you do anything? Like a wine tasting evening with all or half of the proceeds going towards your sponsorship? Or could you get sponsorship through Amazing Grass or your church? I don’t know if it happens in the U.S, but in the U.K. often you can ask your employers to match part of the sponsorship money you have raised so far! I know its hard, with the recession… I’m sure you’ll get there though, with your talents and all the good people you have around you 😉

  • Christie @ Honoring Health
    January 14, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Wow, congrats on the progress you have made on the book!! That is awesome! Can’t wait till it comes out!!!

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    January 14, 2010 at 11:21 am

    For your fundraising: a lot of company’s match employee donations (Microsoft for example) – might be something to remind everyone as often employees forget or don’t know. Good luck!

  • skinnyrunner
    January 14, 2010 at 11:43 am

    i want to see the winter olympian outfit!

  • Jenny
    January 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Spring is always a crazy time of year for me too, but don’t worry you’ll be fine!

    Ah that Winter Wineland sounds so fun! Wish I lived in Cali 😉

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    January 14, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I’m sure you’ll get enough donations. It’s a really good cause and you have a lot of exposure. I’m sure Caitlin will have tons of great things to say about your book….she’s a very positive person:)

  • Kristen
    January 14, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Winter Wineland sounds awesome! Wish I lived on the west coast!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    January 14, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Wish I lived in CA. That wine event sounds fun!

  • Mae @ OhhMay
    January 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Have a blast at bootcamp… that winter festival sounds awesome!!!

  • Megan
    January 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Jenna, Do you cook your egg whites with your oatmeal (put them in the boiling water at the same time?) or separate?

    • jenna
      January 14, 2010 at 6:09 pm


      I add the egg whites to the water…so yes, in the oatmeal. 🙂

  • Jolene (
    January 14, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Egg whites in oatmeal – interesting!